HIPAA: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

The U.S Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently adopted new rules which make changes to existing privacy, security and breach notification requirements in what is often referred to as the final “HIPAA Omnibus Rule.” These new rules stem from changes made under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act which is part of the same law that created the Electronic Health Records (EHRs) Incentive Program under Medicare and Medicaid.

All covered physician practices must update their HIPAA policies and procedures and otherwise implement the changes required by these regulations no later than the September 23, 2013 compliance date. These new rules will mean physicians will need to update their Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) and their Notices of Privacy Practices (NPPs) and it will require they understand the importance of encryption electronic protected health information.

The AMA has a number of free resources to help physicians comply. These resources can be found below, and are also available for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Login to the AMA Online Learning Center to access this free CME activity.

Administrative Simplification in the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expands on provisions in HIPAA that support administrative simplification. These new requirements include operating rules for the HIPAA-named standards, a standard for electronic funds transfer, and a national health plan identifier. The follow is an article the goes into more detail about the continuing efforts in ACA to provide administrative simplification.

Continuation of Administrative Simplification in the Affordable Care ActPDF FIle

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